Startling Health Facts

Americans aren’t very healthy

-80 million people have some form of heart disease (American Heart Assosciation)
-1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will have cancer in his or her lifetime (National Cancer Institute)
-Over 20 million children and adults have diabetes (American Diabetes Association)
-64% of adults are overweight (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
-About 59% od adults do not engage in any vigorous leisure-time physical activities (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
-Our national health care expenditures were 2 trillion in 2005 or $6,700 per person (National Coalition on Health Care)
Our children are unhealthy, too
-By the age of 12, an estimated 70% of our children have developed the beginning stages of hardening of the arteries. (Bogalusa Heart Study)
-1 in 3 Americans born in 200 will develop diabetes (Journal of the American Medical Association)
-1 in 4 children is obese (International Journal of Obesity)
-Nearly 50% of obese adolescents remain obese as adults (International Journal of Obesity)
-7% of school age children are diagnosed with ADHD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
-About 6% od elementary school children and 7% of adolescent children miss 11 or more days of school yearly due to illness or injury. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
-Over 93% of all children and adolescents do not consume the recommended 3 servings of vegetables per day. (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine)
Why are we SO unhealthy?
-Poor food choices
-Not drinking enough water
-Lack of exercise
-Stressful lifestyles
-Environmental factors
-Sleep deprivation
-Approach to medicine: “Treatment” instead of “Prevention”
What can we do about it?
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